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AIMS has campaigned for improvements to the maternity services in the UK since 1960. We run national campaigns, support local people with their campaigns and support individual women, birthing people and families via our helpline. AIMS responds to multiple NICE guideline consultations, and has been instrumental in changing both guidance and language to better support women and babies through their maternity journey.

AIMS works towards better births for all by campaigning and information sharing, protecting human rights in childbirth and helping women to know their rights, whatever birth they want, and wherever they want it.

Coronavirus and the Maternity Services

AIMS Birth Information Information about the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for pregnant women in the UK and links to information sources can b…   Read more…

Call to NHS England to strengthen guidance to Trusts on partners attending maternity services

AIMS, as part of a coalition of campaigning organisations including Birthrights, the BirthBliss Academy, the Fatherhood Institute, Make Birth Better a…   Read more…

Press Release: Almost Half of NHS Trusts Force Pregnant Women to Attend Vital Maternity Services Alone

AIMS welcomes the BMJ article www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m3876.full highlighting recent research on inconsistencies in Trusts’ restrictions on partne…   Read more…

AIMS comments on latest guidance on birth partner restrictions

AIMS welcomes the new ' Framework to assist NHS trusts to reintroduce access for partners, visitors and other supporters of pregnant women in English…   Read more…

AIMS Response to NICE consultation on FASD Quality Standard

NICE is developing a quality standard relating to FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). AIMS welcomes the development of this quality standard as we…   Read more…

Template Campaigning Letters about Maternity Services during the pandemic

AIMS has had many enquiries about how to find out about, and seek to influence, local service changes during this period. Here we have included severa…   Read more…

AIMS submission to the Health and Social Care Committee Inquiry: Safety of maternity services in England

AIMS' evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee - Safety of Maternitys Services in England In July 2020, the UK Parliament's Health and…   Read more…

AIMS comments on RCOG - Restoration and Recovery: priorities for obstetrics and gynaecology

A prioritisation framework for care in response to COVID-19 Version 2.1: Published Friday 26 June 2020 AIMS has welcomed the RCOG document Restoration…   Read more…

AIMS' evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee: Delivering Core NHS and Care Services during the Pandemic and Beyond

AIMS' evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee On April 22, the UK Parliament's Health and Social Care Select Committee opened an inqui…   Read more…

AIMS Comments on RCM Clinical Briefing Sheet: ‘freebirth’ or ‘unassisted childbirth’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

AIMS welcomes the recent publication of the RCM Clinical Briefing Sheet: ‘freebirth’ or ‘unassisted childbirth’ during the COVID-19 pandemic ( www.rcm…   Read more…

AIMS Response to the NHS Clinical Guide to Trusts on Maternity Service arrangements during the Coronavirus period

On April 9, the NHS published a '​Clinical guide for the temporary reorganisation of intrapartum maternity care during the coronavirus pandemic'. AIMS…   Read more…

Think Trauma Now - The Make Birth Better Survey 2019. The circle of trauma for parents and professionals

The Make Birth Better Report was published in April 2020. During Spring/Summer 2019 they spoke to parents and healthcare providers about birth trauma.…   Read more…

Spain needs to combat obstetric violence - UN Experts Decision

UN sends strong message to Spain, following a complaint to them from a Spanish mother, that their maternity care system must respect human rights. AIM…   Read more…

Response to Guardian Article on access to Epidurals

An article titled " Women in labour being refused epidurals, official inquiry finds " appeared in the Guardian on Tuesday 3rd March. AIMS fully suppor…   Read more…

RCOG Consultation on leaflets in Assisted Vaginal Birth and Gestational Diabetes

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) recently launched a public consultation on two draft documents they have produced. Both d…   Read more…

AIMS Response to NMC Consultation on Future Strategy 2019

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) plays a key role in the ongoing quality assurance and regulation of the maternity services and its staff. Effe…   Read more…

AIMS' Response to Hull Daily Mail about their article, "Dad saves baby girl's life with shoelace as mum gives birth in Beverley Road bus stop"

AIMS has responded to the Hull Daily Mail's article entitled, " https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/health/baby-born-bus-stop-shoelace-3571474 ". 26…   Read more…

Implementing Better Births: Continuity of Carer

Download PDF Commissioners and providers across England, guided by their MVPs, are working across the country to implement sustainable Continuity of C…   Read more…

The Future Midwife Project: An AIMS response to Nursing and Midwifery Council’s consultation

AIMS submitted our response to this consultation on 7 May 2019. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) plays a key role in the ongoing quality assura…   Read more…

AIMS Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women on abuses during facility-based childbirth 2019

Call for submissions: Mistreatment and violence against women during reproductive health care with a focus on childbirth The mandate of the United Nat…   Read more…

Letter to The Guardian in response to their article, "Meghan Markle’s home birth should not blind us to the risks for most women"

Sent 9th May 2019 By email ( guardian.readers@theguardian.com ) Dear Sir, I write in response to the opinion piece by Barbara Ellen entitled “Meghan M…   Read more…

AIMS Response to MBRRACE-UK Report Oct 2018

Download PDF MBRRACE-UK: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care MBRRACE-UK: Perinatal Mortality Surveillance report for births in 2016 www.npeu.ox.ac.u…   Read more…

Beverley Beech summarises the HIW's report into the case of Clare Fisher and the failings of the LSA

Focussing on the failings of the LSA in the case of Clare Fisher: The Healthcare Inspectorate Wales’ report (2013) Summarised by Beverley Beech In 201…   Read more…

Press Release: Jeremy Hunt announces 2,000 more midwives?

AIMS is delighted that the Government has recognised the importance to the safety of women and babies of the continuity of carer model of midwifery. H…   Read more…

Ágnes Geréb is granted clemency by the Hungarian President

28 th June 2018 "This act of clemency is about more than me. It is an acknowledgement of liberty in giving birth. It is a recognition by the state tha…   Read more…

Latest Content

Journal

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AIMS during the 1970s

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 3 By Shane Ridley AIMS Trustee I decided to read through the 1970s , starting with the Quarterly Newsletter for September 1970 which was ty…

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AIMS during the 1960s

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 3 by Dorothy Brassington AIMS Trustee and Treasurer It has been fascinating to read the early newsletters and discover exactly what AIMS wa…

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AIMS during the 1980s

AIMS Journal, 2020, Vol 32, No 3 by Verina Henchy AIMS Trustee I was delighted to hear that the theme for this Journal is to look back over a 60 year history of maternity…

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Events

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AIMS 60th Anniversary Event - Confe…

POSTPONED FROM JUNE 2020 Making a difference past and future The purpose of the day is to celebrate what Birth Activists in general and AIMS in particular have achieved,…

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Presenting the MBRRACE-UK 'Saving L…

Friday 11th December 2020 At this virtual conference we will present the findings of the 7th MBRRACE-UK report of Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care: findings of the s…

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Presenting the MBRRACE UK Perinatal…

Thursday 10th December 2020 At this virtual conference we will present the findings of the: National Perinatal Mortality Surveillance for Births in 2018 National Confiden…

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Latest Campaigns

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Call to NHS England to strengthen g…

AIMS, as part of a coalition of campaigning organisations including Birthrights, the BirthBliss Academy, the Fatherhood Institute, Make Birth Better and Pregnant then Scr…

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Press Release: Almost Half of NHS T…

AIMS welcomes the BMJ article www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m3876.full highlighting recent research on inconsistencies in Trusts’ restrictions on partner attendance in mate…

Read more

AIMS comments on latest guidance on…

AIMS welcomes the new ' Framework to assist NHS trusts to reintroduce access for partners, visitors and other supporters of pregnant women in English maternity services '…

Read more